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Qualcomm California Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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  • Work life balance is a major con (in 308 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hubris"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, work and life are well balanced (at least for me). I get to work with some very smart people.

    Cons

    Hubris and "because that is the way we have always done it". There is much too much overhead/busy work that adds no value.

    Advice to Management

    Solve the problem of working in silos. PhDs are hired to invent, but the arrogance of the sales, product management and engineering teams leaves inventions by the way side.


  2. "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really depends on the team but a lot of great people to work with within the organization, had a couple excellent managers in my time there

    Cons

    Again really depends on the team you are in but the hours can start to add up quick, especially during month end and close periods.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that lower levels of management are sending the same messages to their teams that are being sent out in the all hands meetings.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "IT Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, bonus program, benefits, communication, physical environment, great business analysts

    Cons

    Culture, command and control culture, inflexible management style

    Advice to Management

    There are other important parts of the business besides engineering, and they are being smothered by oppressive management


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  5. "Life as a temp"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Contractor - Test Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Test Technician in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have contracted at the Q four times. Nice facilities and people, testing cutting edge technology at times is fun, free food sometimes, mostly relaxed environment. Lots of overtime opportunities at times. Smart people and hard workers.

    Cons

    I have contracted at the Q four times. Hehe. Abundance of short term contract work with no real chance for growth for or being hired full time, traffic can be bad, layoffs and downsizing are common. Qualcomm seems to really take advantage of H1b hiring to an excessive degree.

    Advice to Management

    Hire American! Get rid of the temp work rubbish. :)
    Let people go home at a decent hour and enjoy San Diego


  6. "Sr Staff Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place for cellular technology. Departments vary by their style. QCT is aggressive and driven deadline. The rest of departments are generally known to be more relaxed then QCT. More politics emerging with restructures. Good technology experience

    Cons

    Thick management, burecrautic, at times hostile, tougher for woman (not a strong network)

    Advice to Management

    Less meetings, more empowerement, need more diversity, benefits and recognition areas could be improved


  7. "Good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Challenging, exciting work
    - Good work-life balance
    - Flexible hours
    - Working with cutting-edge technology
    - Company makes good effort to keep employees informed

    Cons

    - Used to have the best health care; not anymore
    - Team doesn't interact informally much.
    - Bad cafeteria food; not many options


  8. "Nice company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, caring and helpful coworkers, lots to learn and innovation

    Cons

    too many processes and internal systems to follow, bureaucracy


  9. "Great place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Technology in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Technology in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for work life ballance

    Cons

    The culture will take a bit of getting used to.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "You must be politically and technically savvy to survive ."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Many interesting technical project. Always on your feet working. Flexible hours. Casual environment. Open door policy. Opportunity to travel business class if you like traveling.

    Cons

    Too much politics. If your work ethic is to just focus in getting your work done this is not the right place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Minimize politics


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Not the same place it used to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good compensation (at least at higher titles), flexible hours and a casual workplace

    Cons

    Have lost faith in leadership at VP-level and above. Very little to no coordination of strategy and VPs that simply don't understand modern software development practices. Additionally, the company no longer cares about the employees. Focus is on cost cutting, moving jobs overseas, and treating people like cattle. Employees used to be valued, and given the tools and resources build their career.

    Advice to Management

    Really need some cross-functional leadership that truly understands software development.



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